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Good equipment at great prices. I am always on the look out for supplies, equipment and resources that come with a great price. And I think I've found a resource at a great price. Champion Sports Rhino Skin Low Bounce Dodgeballs.
Our students love dodgeball and the various variations we create or learn. But our students really loved when we hosted a dodgeball tournament a couple of years ago. The event was a huge success. So much so, we're bringing it back this spring as a fund raiser for our summer mission trip.
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In preparation for the spring tournament, I just purchased two sets of Champion Rhino Skin Dodgeballs. Each set comes with six, 7" diameter dodgeballs in assorted colors.
According to the product description these dodgeballs are...
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We bought the rubber, gym-ball style dodgeballs for our last tournament. They worked well, but we were concerned about injuries due to the ball. This time, I wanted to find a dodgeball that was soft, easily caught, grabbed, or thrown. Today, I came across these.
Amazon is a great place to order equipment and supplies for your youth ministry. I have found a number of great products at really affordable prices. And like I said, my Prime membership gets me free, 2-day delivery.
So, I just finished re-reading the introduction as part of week one of The Sustainable Experiment. These four words, "Don't Hurry. Don't Settle." speak volumes to me. Coming at this experiment with some many years of experience, the sentiment couldn't be truer. It takes time to build a student ministry. But more than time, it takes intentionality.
For week one of The Sustainable Experiment, we are looking at the Introduction of the book, Sustainable Youth Ministry. I remember when I started youth ministry I didn't really know what I was doing. I thought I knew what I was doing, but I didn't. Sure, I knew about the games, the teaching, the relationships, the trips and retreats, and the weekend activities. But, when it came to building a ministry that would grow and maintain, well that was what was missing.
Youth ministry was still coming into it's own. Some guys had it figured out, so I thought. Me, I just focused on our students, getting to know them, being consistent, and loving them where they were. But running a program, maintaining the administrative stuff, budgeting, marketing, recruiting and training of leaders...
It wasn't until I started attending NYWC, that I finally started thinking about student ministry as a long-term ministry. As the years progressed, I understood more about what it looked like to have purpose. For years I followed the purpose-driven model, and had great success with it. We saw the fruit of the model, but it took time. When I left my first full-time ministry, we were just coming into our own. Four years of work. 40-50 students weekly. More than 12 regular adult leaders. Tremendous parental support. And the respect of the congregation. Then we left.
For us the youth worker, we need to determine which side of the coin we want to be on; the success or the frustration.
Don't Hurry. Don't Settle.
Don't hurry. Don't Settle.
If you are like me, and you want to build a healthy, thriving, long-lasting student ministry it begins with us slowing down and taking the time to do it the right way. I have to continually remind myself to slow down. I am a dreamer. I am always looking towards the day when there will be 100 students in our ministry. And, I believe I will see that...in time.
Second, don't settle. What does that mean? Well, I know that Mark unpacks that in the chapters to come, but for now let's just say, if you're willing to put into the time and effort, be willing to establish your standards and then strive for them.
Mark makes this statement, "...success in youth ministry is measured in decades, not in year-to-date comparisons with last year's..."2
We are on a journey to build something great; a sustainable youth ministry. No more short-cuts. No more fly-by-night. No more gambling on the next new thing. Let's build a sustainable youth ministries!
Don't forget to do the questions in the back of the book!
After reading the Introduction, what do you think? How do you think your church will respond to your desire to build a sustainable youth ministry? Do you have the support of your current leadership team?
Take a few minutes and share your thoughts in the comments below. I'd love to talk with you about what you might be facing as you begin this journey.
1. Sustainable Youth Ministry, Mark DeVries, Introduction pg 11.
2. Sustainable Youth Ministry, Mark DeVries, Introduction pg 15.
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Welcome to Week Two of The Sustainable Experiment!
This week we will take a close look at chapters one and two.
But before we do, take a few minutes to watch this weeks vlog entry!
There are a number to things in these chapters I want to talk about. So over the next couple of days, watch for a couple blog posts. I am anxious to hear from you, so be sure to share your comments.
Have a great week!
Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 28 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently serving as the student ministry director at a church, located in Western PA. Jay has been married to Amy for over 23 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.